WHAT'S UP UBUD- 2018
For when East meets West
LaRamona is a dive bar serving tapas and sangria by the jug. Their pan-European menu incorporates many Asian ingredients; for example, taco Tuesdays feature a taco shell of deep fried nori instead of tortilla. Friday nights call for a dance party where locals and expats mingle and groove to everything from techno to Indonesian throwback tunes.
Location: Jl. Dewisita No.9, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Betutu Ayam Pak Sanur
For all things authentic
Betutu is another Balinese poultry dish: chicken or duck seasoned with a rich spice mix. Each district boasts their own unique way of preparing betutu. At Betutu Pak Sanur, the chicken has been marinated in a generous spice mix of galangal, ginger, turmeric, and coconut oil, and roasted over firewood and rice husk.
Betutu Pak Sanur opens early in the morning to cater to locals who stop by for a hearty Balinese-style breakfast before work. On Wednesdays, they serve jukut nangka, stewed jackfruit, a favourite of ours!
Location: Jl. Arjuna No.19, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Full Circle by Expat Coffee Roaster
For that caffeine kick
Stylish yet substantial. Full Circle serves great coffee and an extensive all-day brunch menu.
Opened recently, the spacious Full Circle is reminiscent of Melbourne coffee shops. Its interior of polished concrete feels urban yet with intimate and receives a lot of sunlight perfect for Instagram snaps.
Location: Jl. Jatayu, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
For the early riser
"Selamat pagi! In between wholesale rattan bags and dream catchers on Andong street is Gangga Coffee, a sleepy coffee shop with an exciting selection of beans from different roasters around the world.
The owner, Surya, a Bali-native, was inspired by the coffee shops of Jogja and wanted to bring its aesthetic to Ubud. Gangga is one of the few coffee shops which open early, perfect for early morning coffee runs before work.
Location: 11, Jl. Raya Andong, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
For the ‘nasi’ obsessed
Dons, or rice bowls, are one of the latest international food trends. However, the menu at DonU is sure to stand the test of time and taste, even when the hype dies down. The small 8-seater cafe is likened to a modern "warung" or roadside shack, where you are really one-on-one with the cooks. There is a selection of different rice bowls, from Korean bibimbap to Japanese curry, all served with the option of sambal matah, a raw shallot and lemongrass chili paste.
Location: Jl. Raya Lungsiakan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Nasi Mek Juwel
For the cheap and filling
The flavours of the chicken rice served at Nasi Mek Juwel are representative of Ubud’s distinctive taste palette. The chicken is cooked with basa megenep spices and garnished with dried coconut flakes.
For 25,000 rupiah a generous portion of the chicken and spice mix, along with rice, veggies and meat skewers, is yours to savour, all in the comfort of Mek Juwel’s home, while taking in views of the surrounding rice paddies.
Location: Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571
For the trend-follower
Kulo is an Indonesian coffee chain specialising in on-the-go mixed drinks. Launching just last year in Jakarta, Kulo has since expanded to Bandung, Bali, and Lombok. Their avocatto is more avocado milkshake than coffee drink, but guests linger around the coffeeshop for the free wifi and the Instagram-worthy view of rice paddies.
Location: Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80582